n African Human Rights Law Journal - Access to anti-retroviral drugs as a component of the right to health in international law : examining the application of the right in Nigerian jurisprudence

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



Nigeria has a significant number of people living with HIV / AIDS. Access to anti-retroviral drugs is important to enable such persons to live a healthy life. This paper examines access to anti-retroviral drugs as part of the right to health under international law. It locates the right of health, its scope and content in international human rights instruments and attempts to draw the connection between access to anti-retroviral drugs and the right to health. It examines the interpretation of the right to health in the broader context of socio-economic rights in Nigerian jurisprudence. It concludes that the jurisprudence leaves much to be desired with respect to the protection of the right to health and specifically to access to anti-retroviral drugs.

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